Review of Naussica of the Valley of the Winds

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[SPOILERS ALERT]  If you like anime and haven’t seen this move yet go watch it.  It was good.  I recommend it.

Naussica, a young kindhearted princess of the valley of the winds gets caught up in a conflict between two large empires fighting over resources in a post apocalyptic world.  The story is set in a semi – steampunk like world where medieval and modenish, technology are combined in a unique hybrid.  Meanwhile a large toxic forest slowly grows taking over the land year by year.  Actually, the forest was set in motion to purify the earth from the pollution of mankind, but it also happens to be toxic to us and filled with massive insects that drive the process.  In any case, when a giant warrior from olden days is discovered with the power to inflict nuclear destruction upon the earth, one of the empires wants to use it to obliterate the other empire and the forest.  However, plans go wrong when the vessel carrying it crashes in the Valley of the Winds due to the insects which defend the forest.  The empire then invades the valley and drags Naussica and her people into the conflict.  She then through great acts of heroism and some prophetic fulfillment has to accomplish the challenge of stopping both the empires and the insects of the forest from completely overrunning and destroying her valley, in the process sacrificing herself to stop the swarming insects and in doing so demonstrates her love and goodness.  She is then reanimated by the giant insects and the world is more or less saved.

Overall the story is an excellent one of heroism, self sacrifice, love (but only a hint of romantic), and epic determination.  Naussica is an excellent representation of a classic heroine who embodies all of the best qualities of humanity and fulfills a prophetic mission.  She demonstrates through her act of self sacrifice and kindness towards all what love really means and shows how to live it out.

I enjoy a good anime, and as as far as they go I’ll give this one a 7 / 10.

One last side note, the film is based off of a manga series, so if you like manga graphic novels you can read this one as well.  I haven’t read it but I hear it’s decent although somewhat different from the film.

A podcast in memory of Gary “Goggles” Head, AKA Gyre-Viper. We are joined by Jay from Moderately Geeky, and Brian “Nova”

garyThis episode was recorded and fast tracked in editing, as our friend Gary Goggles Head passed away and we wanted to share some of our memories, in his honor. Me(Sam) and Tom are Joined by Jay Hunger from the Moderately Geeky Podcast, and Brian “Nova” Kauffman of casting fame and Joe Declassified. If you can, I would like to encourage you to go HERE at Joecustoms forums and learn how you can help Gary’s left ones he left behind, as well as get a memorial bandana with his trademark goggles printed on them. For your convenience the podcast is embedded below, or you can search for Nerdrahtio on Itunes (or just click HERE) or stitcher (may encounter duplicates with errors, still working to resolve that, in the meantime I’d recommend Itunes, as much as I love stitcher)

(Update: if for some reason the embedded auto player is working for you, you can use the drop down menu above to head straight to our audio host. There were problems earlier, but they should be fixed))

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Son of Kwinn custom, based off of the art released by Sam Wells, is COMPLETE!

blueboardN Joe Customs Critique Facebook User, Felix Stratton created the first custom that I was aware off based on the Sam Wells released concept art that showed up right here at Nerdrahtio.  I already showed his work (with permission) but here are some now complete images. (he did beat the mobster to completion as far as I know, I’m just behind doing podcast, and other background site stuff when I do get free time -Sam)

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“Mobster” Custom based on unused G.I.Joe concept art.

pic7Sam Panico is the pride of a custom by Pablo, of the unused concept art for “Mobster.” First released here by Sam Wells. Sam was gracious to let us share a photo here. check it out below (GREAT WORK PABLO!) (also that’s a lot of Sams… -Sam)

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